Palestine wins upgraded UN status—to become a non-member observer state—by a wide margin (138 votes in favour, 9 against), despite being strongly opposed by the US and Israel (read story here). Judges in the Sabadell corruption scandal are investigating the allocation of €57m of public funds over the past two years (read story here). The ski season kicks off early this year thanks to this week’s cold snap. The majority of Pyrenean ski stations are expected to open tomorrow (read story here).
The consumer price index (CPI) fell by 0.6% in November, bringing the year-on-year rate to 2.9%—the lowest since August—which leaves the cost of reassessing pensions at €4.56 billion, according to data released today from the National Statistics Institute (read story here). Oriol Junqueras warns that his party will not be “intimidated or pressured", and that threats or blackmail will not bend the "strong will" of the ERC to change social policy and go ahead with a referendum (read story here). The ‘Gran Recapte’ campaign, organised by the Banc dels Aliments, will see some 10,000 volunteers, in a thousand supermarkets across Catalunya, collecting and distributing around 1,400 tons of food this weekend to those in need (read story here).
A report in the New York Times suggests, "An independent Catalonia would reinforce a worldwide trend" (read story here)